Tours of Tuscany

Tours of Tuscany
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Monday, March 16, 2009

Italian Week Events - English Version

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Lisa Hunt

Lisa (sister) Hunt began singing in that great African American tradition, the gospel church, there was laid the foundation of her soulful singing style. She went on to study voice at The City College of New York (BFA). Lisa's studio credits include sessions with famed producers Jellybean Benitez (Madonna), Toni C (Whitney), Frank Farion (LaBouche, Milli Vanilli), The Berman Brothers (Amber, Ultra Nate), many more. In Italy she has been the featured vocalist on tour and recordings of ZUCCHERO Sugar Fornaciari for over 15 years and has worked with a range of artist from PAVAROTTI to RAY CHARLES (check out her on Pavarotti and friends). She has also shared the stage with musical greats such as ERIC CLAPTON, JAMES BROWN, DIONNE WARWICK, BRIAN MAY, RANDY CRAWFORD, JOE COCKER, MILES DAVIS, and ANDREA BOCELLI.In Australia Lisa has toured and recorded with JIMMY BARNES, DEISEL, RADIO FREEDOM, and JOHNNY (B.Good) JOHNSON.

Vivaldi's Four SeasonsVivaldi 4 Seasons - Vivaldi's Four Seasons is unmistakably Antonio Vivaldi's most famous work. Obviously, out of 500 composed concertos, one of them is bound to be a hit. You've heard many movements of Vivaldi's Four Seasons in movies like Tin Cup, Spy Game, A View to Kill, What Lies Beneath, White Chicks, Saved!, Pacific Heights, The Other Sister... the list keeps going, but I think I've proved my point. Perhaps you've attended a wedding where Vivaldi's Four Season's was played? In most cases, you have. If you stop and listen, chances are it's playing somewhere. Notes and Historical Information - Vivaldi's Four Seasons was published in 1725, in a set of twelve concerto's entitled Il cimento dell'armonia e dell'inventione (The Test of Harmony and Invention). Each concerto is in the distinct form of fast-slow-fast movements. Vivaldi's Four Seasons especially appealed to the French. King Louis XV took a liking to 'Spring' and ordered it to be performed at the most unexpected moments.

Romeo and Juliet
In the streets of Verona another brawl breaks out between the servants of the feuding noble families of Capulet and Montague. Benvolio, a Montague, tries to stop the fighting, but is himself embroiled when the rash Capulet, Tybalt, arrives on the scene. After citizens outraged by the constant violence beat back the warring factions, Prince Escalus, the ruler of Verona, attempts to prevent any further conflicts between the families by decreeing death for any individual who disturbs the peace in the future. Romeo, the son of Montague, runs into his cousin Benvolio, who had earlier seen Romeo moping in a grove of sycamores. After some prodding by Benvolio, Romeo confides that he is in love with Rosaline, a woman who does not return his affections. Benvolio counsels him to forget this woman and find another, more beautiful one, but Romeo remains despondent.

The Queensland Orchestra - Mendelssohn's Italian Symphony Maestro Series 4The forecast is for perfect conditions on land and sea, from Norway to the Mediterranean. Mendelssohn evokes a perfect sea journey in his Calm Sea and Prosperous Voyage and Grieg basks in simple rustic pleasures in Norsk and Country Dance. The sultry heat and vibrant colours Mendelssohn experienced during a sojourn in Italy inspired his joyous and exuberant Italian Symphony, with its whirlwind tarantella finale. The fine weather extends as far as Salzburg, where the internationally acclaimed Silver-Garburg Piano Duo revel in the glorious sunshine of Salzburg’s favourite son, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos.
Book now through or call 136 246 Tickets from $50

Zosia Kilmartin
18 year old rising star, Zosia Kilmartin, is a classically trained singer, who is currently studying under the direction of world renowned opera singing sensation Ms Lisa Gasteen.One of the highlights of Zosia’s career, to date, is her recent appearance at the annual Opera on the Mountain open air concert in May. This event featured Zosia along with 10 of Australia’s top opera singers including Andrew Pryor, Romano Dragoni and Katheleen Proctor-Moore.Zosia has also performed The Flower Duet from Lakmé on the Concert Hall Stage of the Queensland Performing Arts Complex. Furthermore, Zosia recently performed the Kaddisch from Deux Mélodies HébraÏques by Ravel in the Brisbane City Hall.In addition to this, Zosia’s music frequently appears on radio’s 4EB and SBS. In addition to this, Zosia's music frequently appears on radio’s 4EB and SBS and in October of 2008 Zosia even sang for Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in his electorate

Italian Fashion WeekElio Moda - For over 20 years Italian born designer Elio Marzullo, owner and creative director of the label Elio Moda, has developed a reputation for quality and excellence in fashion and personal styling and has successfully filled a gap in the Australian market with his award winning Elio Moda label. Known nationally for his classically chic and stylish designs, Elio is known locally for his depth of character and unique charisma that has won the hearts of a loyal client following. Through numerous fads and fashion movements Elio has persisted with his own ideas and in a manner unique to the design industry has incorporated passing trends subtly so to preserve a timeless flavour in his work Read More Elio Moda Mount Gravatt TAFE fashion

Italian Motor Expo 2009Queen Street Mall, the Italian Motor Vehicle Clubs will showcase Classic and contemporary Italian Motor Vehicles. See Alfa Romeo, Fiat, Ducati, Maserati and Lamborghini. The respective motor vehicle clubs will put on display a range of Italian motor vehicles, motorbikes and scooters from private collections, dealers and distributors.

All the excitement of the pinnacle of Italian design and engineering. See private collections of the finest in Italian Motor vehicles. The Famous Italian cars and motorcycles will thrill and enthrall – The fabulous Ferrari’s, the Lamborghini’s and Alfa’s and much more. Bring the entire family along for a fun filled day

A Taste of Italy

Marco Polo Dining Cellar Martini BarExperience the elegance of Marco Polo Dining Cellar Martini Bar With a list of awards almost as long as the menu, Marco Polo Dining Cellar Martini Bar is arguably Brisbane's finest five-star dining experience. It’s not just the award-winning international cuisine that makes Marco Polo stand apart from the crowd. Finishing touches like exceptional service, contemporary décor, hundreds of wines and an experienced sommelier on hand to help you select the perfect match for your meal, makes every dining experience here a memorable one.There’s always something big happening at TreasuryWith five bars, six restaurants and a lively world of ever-changing entertainment, you’ll never run short of something to do at Treasury. For zany comedians, big name music acts, DJs, fashion and more, head to Treasury where there’s always something fresh, live and exciting going on!

Italian coffee course
Di Bella Coffee Courses - The Ultimate Coffee Experience, Di Bella Coffee Head Office, 82 Abbotsford Road, Bowen Hills 10am till 12.00pmTraditional Cupping - This 2 hour course will begin will a full detailed factory tour where you will learn about coffee right from crop to cup giving you ‘ The Ultimate Coffee Experience’. We will then venture into the tasting room where you will have the chance to taste the differences between our unique Di Bella blends. Phillip Di Bella Says “Everyone knows Italians mastered coffee, and a lot of the first coffee makers in Australia were Italian migrants. Never drink a bad cup of coffee ever again! Whether your weakness is latte, cappuccino or espresso, you’ll learn how to make the perfect cup every time!

Italian Wines
Gancia is an Italian wine-making company. It was founded in 1850 by Carlo Gancia in the Piemonte region of Italy, and was a pioneer in creating the first Italian sparkling wine. The company is best known for its Gancia Aperitivo Originale.
The gancia aperitif is quite popular as an addition to milkshakes and fruit mixes in Latin America, particularly in Argentina.The history of the House of Gancia goes back a long way: Carlo Gancia was in fact born in 1829. Constantly alongside his father in the day to day management of the cellar and, at the same time, drawn and fascinated by the ability with which his father and teacher transformed the bunches and berries into wine, as the years went by this activity grew to become an authentic passion.
Carlo formulated a new recipe for refining the taste and fragrance of a then fashionable liqueur wine: vermouth. He then moved on to Reims in France, where he was able to observe and to learn the working techniques for the production of champagne

Marca traditional casalinga Marca traditional casalinga (home-made) style restaurant is the new joint venture for cousins Mario Cali and Carl Musumeci. Cali, founder of much-loved Italian patisserie Dolce Sapori in Hamilton, heads the kitchen, creating a series of simple and authentic meals at affordable prices. His popular desserts, judging by the ones we tried, will be one of the major drawcards. Musumeci runs the floor. He has a long and successful history in the hospitality industry, with his most recent role as head waiter at another popular Italian eatery, D'ell Ugo in New Farm.From the moment you enter, his experience with running a restaurant is obvious and it is demonstrated through all his staff, with a relaxed yet professional approach Well, all except the trainee waiter who minded our table for the evening. He was still learning so taking our orders was slightly more difficult than it should have been, but we all have to start somewhere and he was giving it a good go. The other, experienced staff also made sure we were taken care of, filling our water and clearing our plates, when our young waiter had forgotten to.

Co.As.It. Italian Week Ball
Co.As.It. has once again organised its Annual Italian Ball. This year's Ball will be one of the events incorporated in the Italian Week 2009 celebrations organised by Dott. Francesco Capecchi, Italian Consul for Qld. and the Northern Territory, Italian Consulate Brisbane. Co.As.It.'s Ball will take place on Saturday 30th May, 2009 and we are honoured to have the Italian Ambassador as our special guest for the evening. H.E. Gian Ludovico De Martino di Montegiordano accompanied by his wife will be participating at many other events throughout the Italian Week 2009 (26 May - 2nd June 2009). We hope to have many of you take part in the events throughout the week. Further information can be obtained by contacting our office: 3352 5755 or the Italian Consulate office on: 3229 8944

L'Aperitivo @ Bella Cosi Modern Italian Restaurant
L'Aperitivo is a social event which is well established throughout Italy. From Milano to Mornreale L’Aperitivo is an opportunity to get together in chic venues and enjoy pre-dinner drinks. Bella Cosi Modern Italian Restaurant is proud to host L'Aperitivo as part of the official Italian Week. Your Host James McLean invites you to an evening of all things Italian with Music, Fashion and Italian Elegance. Be entertained by the delightful Zosia Kilmartin See the latest Italian Style shoes from Tom Gunn Designers when they show their Spring/Summer 09 collection. Cost of tickets is $59 per person which includes food, wines and entertainment. Numbers are strictly limited so book NOW! Read More - Book Online

Michele Di BartoloThe Sicilian Kitchen - Book Launch and Sicilian Dinner at Spizzico Restaurant. Monday 1st June 2009 from 6.30pmBorn and raised in Brisbane, Michele Di'Bartolo longs for the Sicily she has come to know through her grandmother's evocative stories and the enduring rituals of her kitchen. When Michele takes her first trip to Sicily, she finds herself immersed in the chaotic brilliance of life on the island of her forebears. The Sicilian Kitchen - Literary dinner - Sicily has often been called the pearl of the Mediterranean and is famed the world over for its spectacular landscapes, passionate people, rich flavors and bold earthy wines. Spizzico Ristorante and Michele Di’Bartolo, author of The Sicilian Kitchen invite you to a special celebration of Sicily. Join us for a sumptuous 4 course Sicilian dinner and a book reading and signing of The Sicilian Kitchen. Read More

Pasta and Gelato TastingsAngelo's Fresh Pasta Products is a family owned company and has been producing authentic quality pasta since 1968.
2008 marks the 40th birthday of one of Brisbane’s best-loved Italian family businesses, Angelo’s Fresh Pasta Products. Angelo Cazzolato first started hand-making pasta under his house at New Farm in 1968. Since then, the business has steadily grown to become Queensland’s largest award-winning pasta producer. In Italy, eating quality pasta is a way of life. At Angelo’s we have the same belief, using only the freshest and finest of ingredients, the best quality Durum Semolina and farm fresh eggs, in all of our products. Come and share this experience on Saturday 30th May from 9am – 12 noon with pasta and gelato tastings.

A Night in Sardenia
A Night in Sardinia in conjunction with Angelo’s Fresh Pasta at Cosi Restaurant 699a Sandgate Road Clayfield. Part of 'A Taste of Italy' The staff at Cosi include Emanuele, Vanda or Rachela, the three children in the Mura family who have grown up surrounded by the wonderful aroma and charm of splendid family feasts and delicious home-cooked Italian fare. It is this very fare that is at the heart and soul of the menu at Cosi - food that is lovingly prepared by Sam, enhanced with aromatic herbs grown in his garden, and always created with great dedication to the use of fresh produce. Together with their committed staff, the Mura family presents a warm and friendly restaurant experience, where robust traditional Italian fare is enriched with genuine and warm hospitality. Numbers a strictly Limited so BOOK NOW
Where:- 699a Sandgate Road Clayfield
When:- Sunday 31st May 2009 from 6pm to 9.30pm
Cost Booking:- $75.00 per person including Wines, Mineral Waters and Soft Drinks
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Leonardo’s Flying Designs and Bridge That Saves LivesLeonardo was very specific in his 1483 design for a parachute:
"if a man had a tent made of linen, of which all the apertures have been stopped up, and it be twelve braccia [21 feet] across and twelve feet in depth, he will be able to throw himself down from any great height without sustaining any injury."
Unlike modern parachutes, his design was quite rigid and had poles running down from the apex of the canopy. In normal circumstances this type of design would be prone to oscillations, however Leonardo's plan had the man hanging from his arms and it was thought this would reduce the problem.
Over five hundred years after Leonardo drew his sketch, his theories were tested out when Adrian Nicholas of Britain used Leonardo's parachute during a skydive. Three months were spent building the chute, using wood and canvas. Data equipment was attached and the jump made in ideal weather over Mpumalanga in South Africa.

Opera Queensland Presents - La Traviata
La traviata retains a special place in the hearts of opera lovers. The tragic plight of Violetta Valéry, the beautiful Parisian courtesan who sacrificed her love for Alfredo when morally blackmailed by his father, drew from Verdi some of his most poignant and memorable melodies. This desperate tale of regret, sadness and unrequited love remains one of the most haunting love stories ever told. From the moment the curtain goes up you’ll fall in love with the glamorous life in gay Paris, the sumptuous costumes and the magnificence of Verdi’s celebrated score, ever-present in this ravishing production by Elijah Moshinsky.
Russian soprano Elvira Fatykhova returns to perform the role of the ill-fated Violetta, with Adrian Dwyer as Alfredo, joined by Douglas McNicol in the role of Giorgio Germont. The Queensland Orchestra Opera Queensland Chorus. Sung in Italian with projected English translations Running time – approximately two hours and fifty minutes including two twenty-minute intervals.

Italian Waiter RaceWaiters and waitresses representing Italian restaurants in Queensland will gather in The Queen Street Mall to compete in a relay race with a difference—the runners have to carry glasses of wine on a tray without spilling a drop.
The waiters’ race, or Corsa dei Camerieri in Italian, is one event of the Tastes of Italy to be held over the weekend. It will feature 20 teams, mostly from Italian restaurants in Brisbane.
Each team consists of four waiters and waitresses. Each runner will hold two glasses filled with Italian wine and a bottle on a tray, run 220 metres and pass them to the next runner. The fastest team will be the winner, but time will be added according to the amount of wine spilled by each team. There was a similar waiters’ race in Rome with a history going back more than 100 years. “We plan to continue holding this race until it becomes a standard feature of summer in Tokyo,” an organiser said.

Alex Raineri
15 year old Alex Raineri is a Brisbane based pianist and composer. He currently studies piano performance with Leah Horwitz, OAM at the Queensland Conservatorium of Music and also studies composition with Gerard Brophy. In December 2008, Alex was awarded a Distinction in his 'Trinity College of London' LTCL exam.In June 2008, Alex performed Gershwin's 'Rhapsody in Blue' with the Queensland Orchestra in the keyboard finals of the 'ABC Symphony Australia Young Performers Awards' under the baton of Pietari Inkinen. Alex has recently returned from a tour of Taipei and Chai-Yi, performing as a guest artist with the Brisbane Symphonic Band as part of the Chai-Yi International Band Festival. The Brisbane Symphonic Band, conducted by Stephanie Smith performed three concerts one of which was the New Years Eve closing concert for the Chai-Yi International Band Festival.